Saturday, May 7, 2011

Bruce Dawe and " those worn coins of memory"

The Wallet
(for Andrew Court)
By Bruce Dawe
Sometimes, it may be years, it may be less,
a life is merged with yours and then moves on,
but where and how and why may not be known
until much later word comes back
from that far universe as from a star,
and suddenly you're shaken with this sense
that certain lives which occur were once most
immediate to yours have lived and gone
and you have only lately learned
something of how they lived, that precious knowledge

coined in a realm whose currency
is rarely recognised any longer
as legal tender, those worn coins
as memory you can never trade
or spend for what they're worth while still
regretful for your own forgetfulness....
Bruce Dawe is considered one of Australia's most influential poets. An earlier piece on Bruce Dawe's poetry and his style of social and political critique is here.

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